Photo Credit : Joanne Coates

April saw Creative Darlington collaborating with Lens Think to bring a second call out for 2019. The call out invited people to submit images through Instagram of the ‘Unseen Beautiful’ in and around Darlington.

We were particularly interested in our beautiful surroundings and everyday things that you think showcase our town through a different perspective.

We received an amazing response to the call out. Selected submissions will be showcased through an exhibition at Crown Street Gallery, which opens on Saturday 18 May May. Further information can be found below.

Thanks to everyone who got involved – with the astounding 712 submissions to date, we plan to certainly run similar programmes in the future!

Photo Credit: Joanne Coates

The Pop Up exhibition at Crown Street Art Gallery will feature the call out photographs, alongside the work of professional photographer and Lens Think founder Joanne Coates.

Photo Credit : Joanne Coates

Exhibition Dates

Sat 18th May until Wed 29th May. (Gallery Opening Times Apply). The exhibition will also be proudly associated with Darlington Arts Festival.


Crown Street Gallery will also play host to three collaborative image making workshops in May. Work alongside artist and graphic designer Nicola Golightly and Photographer Joanne Coates on storytelling using images and words. The chance to create your own story about Darlington! The resulting artwork will grow throughout the lifespan of the exhibition. Workshops will be taking place on the following dates

Wed 22nd May 11am – 2pm

Tue 28th May 11am – 2pm

Wed 29th May 11am – 3pm

Workshops are free to attend, materials will be provided. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Closing Event

Audiences will have the opportunity to vote in the gallery for their favourite photograph. The winner will be announced by Stephen Wiper (Creative Darlington Manager) on Wednesday 29th May as part of the Celebration and Closing Event. The winner will receive a day long photography workshop, led by professional photographer and Lens Think founder, Joanne Coates.

Closing Event 5.30pm – 6.30pm Wed 29th May.

This call out is supported by Creative Darlington, in collaboration with Lens Think, Joanne Coates and Nicola Golightly. This project also forms part of the Darlington Arts Festival 2019.

Thanks to Tees Valley Arts and Trendsetters for their valuable support.